Every year over the Thanksgiving holidays we put up our Christmas tree, lights and other holiday decorations. It is a family tradition we all get excited about, but most of all my two young daughters do. To keep them happily occupied during the week they get off from school we always do some holiday crafts. For this holiday season we decided to make a Mickey Mouse inspired wreath decoration for our front door. The really cool thing is this craft is Eco-friendly. We were able to make it we re-used cardboard and recycled party tablecloths. Here are the instructions for you and your children to make a fun, Mickey Mouse Christmas door wreath.
Recycled Cardboard (You want it to be thick enough so the ears do not flop over)
Black Plastic Tablecloth (Both my tablecloths are from a party store and I used them and saved them)
Red Plastic Tablecloth
Hot Glue Gun
Christmas Ribbon (One with a wire edge is good, about 2 inches wide)
1) To make your Mickey Mouse inspired door wreath first we need to cut a circle wreath for his head, and two circle wreaths for his ears. You can re-use any cardboard to do this, to make the larger circle for his head I used a large bowl for the outside cut. Then with a smaller bowl I cut out the inner circle making it a wreath shape. Now using the same recycled cardboard do the same for his two ears. With a smaller bowl I cut two ears of the same size out, again with a smaller bowl I cut out the inside circle of the ears to make them into a wreath shape.
2) The black and plastic tablecloths you will recycle for this craft can be any size. My black one I originally used for a Halloween door craft for my daughter, you can see it here. The red one was saved from a birthday party. To make them easier for you and your children to work with cut the tablecloths into strips about one inch wide and 12 inches long. For the head take the larger of your cardboard wreath cutouts and using the red plastic tablecloth to cover it. Start at the back with one strip tape it down with masking tape and then gently wrap it around the wreath. When you get to the end of each strip tape it at the back of the wreath so the tape will not be visible. Continue wrapping strips until the recycled cardboard wreath is entirely covered.
3) Now you are ready to work on the Mickey Mouse ears for your holiday wreath. You repeat the steps you did above for the large wreath. This time use the black plastic tablecloth, cut into the same size strips. Once you have both of the ears covered completely with the recycled black tablecloth you are ready to start putting Mickey together.
4) Use your hot glue gun on a low setting so you do not burn through the plastic and cardboard. Attach the nears to Mickey’s head using just a little glue, it does not take a lot to affix them. Give the glue time to dry before you go to the next step.
5) To add the finishing touch to your Mickey Christmas wreath you can attach a holiday bow tie. Cut a piece of your 2 inch wide wire ribbon, in a holiday print about 12 inches long. Tie a bow and then hot glue it to the bottom of the large red wreath to complete your decoration. If you want to hang Mickey on your door with a wreath hanger you will also need to hot glue a ribbon loop to the back of the large red wreath. This way you will have something to hand it from the wreath hanger. My daughters decided they wanted him to be lower on the door than the hanger went so we just taped him to the door. Now we have a little Disney magic in the Mickey Mouse door decoration we made from recycled items.